OnePlus 7 Pro: A flagship that’s worth every buck
June 2, 2019

Let’s take a look at the new flagship killer.

In the two weeks I’ve spent with the OnePlus 7 Pro, it’s clear that this smartphone was made to be more than just a flagship killer. It’s now made to compete with other flagships where it not only serves to be a cheaper alternative, evident by the high-end specs and top-of-the-line features.

But while the OnePlus 7 Pro has its own set of flaws, it ultimately is one of the best Android smartphones available, especially if you consider how much it costs compared to the other smartphones in its category.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is one of two devices launched by the Chinese company. It’s big, bulky and definitely heavy, which might put off some users who are considering getting the top tier version. Not that it’s a bad thing, some actually prefer larger devices, but the OnePlus 7 Pro is certainly not made for people with small hands.

Once you turn it on you’d be greeted by the gorgeous 6.67-inch AMOLED screen. It’s actually one of our favorite because of its 90 Hz refresh rate. It won’t be noticeable at first, but using it to browse webpages or reading books to playing a game is where it definitely shines. It’s bright and the colors are brilliant, and there are times when I just want to take out the OnePlus 7 Pro from my pocket just to see the awesome screen.

It’s worth mentioning that the OnePlus 7 Pro has a fingerprint scanner built inside the display. It’s easy to set up and it’s lightning fast – half of the time I’d be surprised that the phone is already unlocked as soon as I place my thumb on the sensor.

The display is curved on the sides and seamlessly covers the entirety of the smartphone. If you’re looking for the front-facing camera, then it’s cleverly hidden on top where a motorized mechanism brings it up when needed (more on that later). On the back, you’ll find a matte finish that changes shades under the light. It picks up lesser fingerprints, but a case is still advised to have and thankfully OnePlus has included one in the packaging.

The volume buttons are located on the side along with the Alert Slider that’s been present on all OnePlus devices. Below you will find the dual SIM try along with a USB-C port for charging and data transfers.

Inside the OnePlus 7 Pro is where its power resides. Our review unit is the top tier variant that comes with a Snapdragon 855 CPU, 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of UFS 3.0 storage. It runs on OxygenOS based on Android Pie, which resembles a near-stock Android experience. It’s an almost perfect combination since the OnePlus 7 Pro runs buttery smooth from launching apps to playing games, without any lag or slowdown.

OxygenOS also includes a few tweaks that should enable you to fully customize your Android experience. OnePlus promises three years of software updates from the release, which is more than what other flagships can offer. One feature introduced on the OnePlus 7 Pro is Zen Mode, a feature that will lock your smartphone for 20 minutes except for calls and photos so you can focus on self-meditation without any distractions.

Also included is a gaming mode that allocates more resources and mutes notifications so you can focus on the game you’re playing. Lastly, there is also RAM that learns from your app usage and pre-caches them so it loads faster.

The OnePlus 7 Pro now has a triple-camera setup at the back that includes the main 48-megapixel camera, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera. On everyday shot especially in sunlight, the camera performs well, showing detailed skin tones and colors while low-light performance yields a little noise, but is still good overall. I enjoyed using the ultra-wide angle lens, which captured more details inside the frame which resulted in very interesting shots.

As mentioned earlier, the front-facing camera of the OnePlus 7 Pro is now hidden and only pops-up when needed. OnePlus showed off how strong the pop-up mechanism is on the front camera, which can also withstand 200,000 uses before it starts wearing off. It even has drop protection that retracts the camera automatically when it senses that its falling and prevents it from popping up when it’s inside your pocket. Quality-wise it’s decent at capturing selfies, but in my time with it, I realized I was using the rear cameras more so I barely opened the pop-up camera.

I also got good battery life with the OnePlus 7 Pro, lasting almost a full day after a single charge which I can immediately top up using the included Warp charger. This allows me to get up to 80 percent in just 45 minutes.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is definitely a beast but it’s not without its flaws. The smartphone doesn’t support wireless charging, a feature that’s already been present even on midrange devices. Also, while the OnePlus 7 Pro has been tested to survive on water, it doesn’t have an IP rating. OnePlus says getting the device certified will add more to the price, which could push the price even higher. There’s also no expandable storage and a headphone jack.

Despite these drawbacks, the OnePlus 7 Pro still performed well during our time with it. It’s a true flagship that is now on the same league as its more expensive counterparts. While the 3,249 AED retail price is still considered expensive, there’s still plenty to like about the OnePlus 7 Pro, which is why we’re ranking it as one of our favorite Android smartphones.

We Love:

+ Incredible specs

+ Smooth performance

+ Excellent 90 Hz display

We Hate:

– No headphone jack

– No wireless charging

– No formal IP rating

Final Rating: 4/5

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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